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  • The parish was in the Matlock sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2541
1891 R.G. 12 / 2775


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Birchover area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.

  • The formal dedication is to the "Holy Name of Jesus, Saint Michael & All Angels".

  • The church had originally just been a Chapel of Ease, but in 1870 it became its own ecclesastical parish.

  • The written history of this church is somewhat obscure. It was possibly a catholic chapel originally.

  • The church was built in the 1700s.

  • The chaple was restored in 1877.

  • The church seats 100.

  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.

  • There is a good photograph of the church and part of the graveyard on Flickr.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1855.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1857 on Main Street. This is now the Wesleyan Reform Church. The chapel was rebuilt in 1908. Unverified reports tell us that the church is closed.

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.

  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1867 on Upper Town Lane. This chapel is also now closed.

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Matlock sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

Description and Travel

"BIRCHOVER, a chapelry in the parish of Youlgreave, hundred of High Peak, in the county of Derby, 1 mile from Winster. It is in the honour of Tutbury, and duchy of Lancaster."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Graham HORN has a photograph of the Birchover millennium stone on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Birchover has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK239621 (Lat/Lon: 53.155484, -1.644050), Birchover which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township and Chapelry in Youlgreave parish and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • You may contact the Birchover Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bakewell petty session hearings each Friday..

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.